Louise O'Toole

Associate

Gateley Legal

  • London
  • t: 0207 653 1667
  • m: 07936 364 300

Expertise

Louise provides a mixture of traditional private client and UK tax advice for both international and domestic clients, in particular to mid- and high-net-worth individuals either living in the UK or non-UK individuals with UK interests. Her most common areas of advice include:

  • Tax planning for clients who are moving to or leaving the UK, to minimise their UK tax exposure.
  • Determining an individual’s UK residence and domicile status under UK law and explaining the impact this has for UK tax purposes.
  • Establishing and assisting with the administration of UK charities and/ or UK trusts.
  • Using (and reviewing) non-UK structures to hold personal wealth. 
  • Advising on UK succession laws and how conflicts with non-UK succession laws can be resolved.
  • Assisting with UK inheritance tax planning and the implementation work which flows from this.
  • Assisting with the preparation of a wide range of documents, including wills, powers of attorney and supplementary trust documents.
  • The administration of estates, often involving a cross-border element and/ or other complexities. 
     

A word from one of Louise’s clients: 

"My family and I had the very good fortune of being introduced to Gateley Legal a few years ago. We have since relied on Gateley's outstanding professionals for their immensely valuable legal advice and assistance, and we continue to do so without hesitation and with full confidence.

It has been a pleasure to work with Louise O'Toole in particular. Louise has personally, patiently and compassionately guided us through our most challenging times, with utmost professionalism and dedication. She is a very thorough and competent professional who has always and without exception instilled in us the highest confidence that we are in very good hands and that our best interest is at the forefront of all she has undertaken on our behalf. Her ability to simplify the most complex of matters for our benefit has also always been greatly appreciated.

We have accomplished a great deal with her kind support and remarkable diligence, and for that we are eternally grateful."

A Kuwaiti private client

Experience

  1. Advising a wide range of high-net-worth Middle Eastern clients on the UK tax implications of their non-UK structures (particularly where UK real estate is owned via a non-UK company/ trust), the preparation of UK wills and how they may be able to mitigate their UK inheritance tax exposure.
  2. Dealing with the administration of a complex and high-value cross-border estate involving UK real estate, non-UK structures and associated loans, all of which have been brought within the scope of UK inheritance tax as a result of the changes which took place in 2017. Presenting our review of complex inheritance tax legislation in a clear manner, aiming for the best result for the client.
  3. Assisting a high-net-worth individual with his relocation to the UK (having also dealt with the high-value estate of his late mother, which spanned across the UK and several EU jurisdictions). Advising on the succession law applicable to the client’s worldwide estate, the application of UK tax laws to UK tax resident but non-UK domiciled individuals, the concept of central management and control, the taxation of employment income whilst UK tax resident, the remittance basis of taxation, the purchase of a UK property and clean capital planning.
  4. Dealing with the set-up of a charitable family trust to assist with the advancement of education in the UK. Registering said trust successfully with the UK charity commission and also with HMRC for gift-aid purposes. Assisting with the ongoing administration of said charity and ensuring that compliance requirements are met going forwards.
  5. Assisting high-net-worth domestic clients with their will preparation, inheritance tax planning, lasting power of attorney preparation and registration and the assignment of their life assurance policies to a newly created life assurance trust. Advising on the potential for the creation of a lifetime trust to assist with the future education of their grandchildren and/ or making regular gifts out of income. 

Louise was recognised as one of 2020’s “top 35 under 35” private client practitioners by ePrivate client.

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